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Sebastian Newbold Coe

Also Known As: "Baron Coe KBE", "Seb Coe"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Percy Newbold "Peter" Coe and Tina Angela Coe
Husband of Carole Coe
Ex-husband of Nicky Elliott
Father of The Hon. Madeline Rose Coe; The Hon. Harry Sebastian Newbold Coe; The Hon. Peter Harry Christopher Coe and The Hon. Alice India Violet Coe
Brother of Miranda Coe; Nicholas "Nick" Coe and Emma Coe

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About Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE

Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE, often known as Seb Coe, is an English former athlete and politician.

Seb Coe is considered one of the greatest middle-distance runners of all time. He won the British 1,500 metres title at both Youth and Junior level. His first major international championship success came when he won the 1977 European indoor 800 metres title at Dortmund with a new British indoor record of 1:47.6 seconds.

He twice improved the record and later in 1977 headed the British outdoor record, clocking 1:44.95 at Crystal Palace in September. In 1978, Coe brought the British 800 metres record down to 1:44.25 seconds in August before making a further improvement the following month with a run of 1:43.97.

Over 42 days in July and August 1979, Coe posted new world records for the 800 metres, 1,500 metres and 1 mile. In 1980 he took over as the world record holder at 1,000 metres and in 1981 he improved his own world records at 800 metres and 1,000 metres before twice improving his own record for the mile.

His only world record in 1982 came when he contributed a 1:44.01 second leg on Britain's 4×800 metre relay team; the following year he posted world indoor records at 800 metres and 1,000 metres. In all, Seb Coe set nine world records outdoors and three indoors, enough to ensure his place as one of the legends in the sport.

He is also the only man in modern times to have won the Olympic 1,500 metres title twice and his victory in 1980 when he came back from losing the 800 metres, for which he was an overwhelming favorite, was testament to his moral fortitude. In addition to all his Olympic gold medals at 1,500 metres in 1980 and 1984, he finished second in the 800 metres at both of these Games. He also won over 800 metres at the European and World Cup in 1981 and the European Championships in 1986.

Personal Bests: Outdoor

  • 400 – 46.87 (1979); 01/01/1979
  • 800 – 1:41.73 (1981); Firenze - 10/06/1981
  • 1000 – 2:12.18 (1981); Oslo - 11/07/1981
  • 1500 – 3:29.77 (1986); Rieti 07/09/1986
  • Mile – 3:47.33 (1981); Bruxelles 28/08/1981
  • 2000 – 4:58.84 (1982);
  • 3000 – 7:54.32 (1979); 01/01/1980
  • 5000 – 14:06.2 (1980). 01/01/1980

Personal Bests: Indoor

  • 800 Metres - 1:44.91 - Cosford, 12/03/1983
  • 3000 Metres - 7:54.32, 01/01/1986
  • 50 stunning Olympic moments No23: Coe v Ovett, Moscow 1980

"On 25 March 1972 a boy called Kirk Dumpleton emerged from the pack to win the Intermediate Boys' Race at the English Schools Cross-Country Championships in Hillingdon. Twenty seconds later a tall Brightonian with an unkempt mop of hair crossed the line in second place, a 16-year-old by the name of Stephen Michael James Ovett. Farther back, in 10th, was a 15-year-old from Sheffield called Sebastian Newbold Coe. For two of these three boys, though they barely knew each other's names at the time, this was the start of one of sport's great rivalries. Dumpleton, now assistant head of a secondary school in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, was not one of them".

Sebastian Coe - Race Career Highlights 1976 - 1989

You Tube - Some of Sebastian Coe's race career highlights from Gateshead in 1976 to Barcelona in 1989. Action highlights of a BBC interview first broadcasted during the Commonwealth Games in Auckland NZ in 1990. Narrator - Brendan Foster. Commentators - David Coleman & Ron Pickering.


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Sebastian Newbold Coe, Baron Coe, KBE's Timeline

September 29, 1956
London, England
Age 11

Became a middle distance specialist.

Age 15

He first ran against his great rival Steve Ovett in a schools cross country race in 1972. Neither won.
50 Stunning Olympic Moments -Simon Burnton

- present
Age 16
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Age 20

Won his first major race - 800m event at the European indoor championships.

Age 21
Czech Republic

Ran the 800 metre race, where Steve Ovett was 2nd, breaking Coe's UK record with a run of 1:44.09. Coe finished third behind the East German Olaf Beyer. According to Pat Butcher in "The Perfect Distance - Ovett & Coe", Coe's father and coach Peter Coe had encouraged him to run as fast as he could from the start. The early pace was indeed exceptionally fast: Coe ran 200 metres in 24.3 seconds, 400 metres in 49.32 seconds and 600 metres in 1:16.2: then he slowed down and finished third in 1:44.76.

Coe reclaimed the UK record a few weeks later setting an all-comers' mark of 1:43.97 at Crystal Palace to rank him second in the world that year.

Age 22

Broke the world 1500 metre record (3:32.030 and became the first person to hold three records at the same time - 800m, the mile and 1500m.

Age 22

Coe set two world records in 41 days. He set his first world records in Oslo, Norway in the 800-metre (1:42.33) and the mile (3:48.95) Sebastian Coe: Breaking three world records in 1979 made me a marked man for Moscow In 41 glorious days 30 years ago this summer, a callow 22 year-old shot to stardom by breaking three of the great world records. - The Telegraph - 2009 by sebastian Coe.

Age 23
Age 23

Coe broke Rick Wohlhuter's world record for 1,000-metres with a time of 2:13.40 and held all four middle distance world records simultaneously, the 800m, 1000m, 1500m and the mile, for one hour until Ovett broke his mile record, another unique feat.